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Introduction

Walter K. Dodds

in Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520260405
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260405.003.0001
Introduction

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Ecology is the most complex of all biological sciences since it requires the consideration of all levels of biological organization from genes to global ecosystems. This book presents several approaches to explain ecological complexity and explores the potential for fundamental laws in ecology and if these laws can used for prediction of ecological phenomena. It proposes laws that apply to entire ecological systems and attempts to build ecological theories from the proposed laws.

Keywords: ecology; ecological complexity; laws; prediction; theories

Chapter.  5807 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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